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19 Jun 2017

Saxony’s SPD backs continued lignite mining in Lusatia

Welt Online

Social Democrats (SPD) in Saxony have made clear they consider lignite mining to play an important role as a “bridging technology” in Germany’s energy supply for the foreseeable future, Welt Online reports. “We rely on a gradual approach that equally considers the needs of local people and creates a sufficient number of sustainable jobs,” said the SPD parliamentary group from Saxony, where part of  Germany’s second largest coal mining area is located. Saxony’s conservative state premier, together with his social democratic colleague from neighbouring Brandenburg, last week called for more than a billion euros in public money to mitigate the economic transformation that comes with ending coal mining.

Find the article in German here.

See the CLEW factsheet When will Germany finally ditch coal? for more information.

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